Neuweier Castle

Reproduction of historical furniture, interior construction including ceiling above swimming pool

Completion 1997

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After the comprehensive restoration and structural expansion headed by J.S.K. Architects, Frankfurt/Main, the traditional and the modern share equal footing. The same also can be said of the work performed by Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau, who entrusted interior designer Helga Schätzel, Schwabenheim, with the furniture design. We likewise designed, manufactured and installed the furnishings and the meticulously detailed suspended ceiling. The Meißen room received simple white display cases to provide a befitting showcase for the rare porcelain. The ensemble was supplemented by a straight-lined commode overlaid with a marble slab. As for the castle library, which houses 5500 volumes from the late 1500s through to modern times, Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau opted to reproduce a historical model of a bookcase belonging to the Margrave of Baden – a consummate reproduction right down to its gilded ornamentation. Some bookcases even reflect the room’s rounded form in the glazing of the doors – a demanding task for technical designers and carpenters. The library table was made from natural oak, its surface adorned with the Joos family coat of arms in the form of inlaid intarsia.
The swimming pool is meanwhile of expressly modern design. The wave theme inspired Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau to conceive an interesting solution for the ceiling over the swimming pool – akin to what the rippling surface of a body of water looks like when a pebble is thrown into it. Radiating outward from the outwardly curved wall accommodating the elevator, ceiling panels form the individual segments of a ring. Stainless steel contours, also arranged to radiate outward, support this effect. Moisture-resistant fibreboards given a Swiss pear-wood veneer and tapered at their lateral sides were used to conceal the slits in the ceiling serving to draw the exhaust air out from the swimming pool area.

Text: Anke Müller
Photo: Bernadette Grimmenstein